Lots of political items after the jump: Admiral Brewer meets (some of) the press and goes after teachers, Mayor Villaraigosa's salary shoots past the governor and VP, Barack Obama day in L.A. and follows all around on the Miguel Contreras story. Plus Salma Hayek, Ben Affleck, Wendy McCaw, Saul Levine and much more. Click below to join the Buzz.
Morning Buzz: Friday 10.27.06
Brewer makes it about the teachers
Incoming LAUSD boss David Brewer held sessions with Times editors and reporters and (separately) the same at the Daily News. He told the Times that he is willing to be unpopular by removing bad teachers from the classroom. No details, though, on how he might do that.
L.A. electeds getting 10%-plus raise
Mayor Villaraigosa's salary will go to $223,141 — higher than the governor or the vice president — and council members to $171,648, more than members of Congress. The city officials' pay is tied to the salaries for judges, which are set by the state. Times
Both the Times and Daily News had staffers chase the LA Weekly's story on the death of Miguel Contreras and mention the Harold Meyerson email and the Alan Mittelstaedt response that were broken here on LA Observed. Also see: Left mulls Weekly boycott.
Funeral today for LAPD officer Landon Dorris
The City Council cancelled its session and Mayor Villaraigosa will attend at the Cathedral. Lt. Ruben De La Torre, who oversees the department news blog, posted a heartfelt appreciation of the officer hit by a car on Riverside Drive last week.
Landon was a confident man in both his abilities and training. Reserved and quiet like the wind, but who could erupt for the preservation of peace. Many nights and early morning hours, Landon and I shared conversations about our profession, families, and friends. I came to understand that as a watch commander I was very fortunate to have Landon on our team and Northeast Area was all the wealthier.
Barack Obama day in Los Angeles
Seems like it anyway. He's on "Larry Mantle's Airtalk" on KPCC pretty much the whole 10 am hour, at USC's Norman Topping Student Activities Center at 2 pm (with Salma Hayek and Ben Affleck) for Prop. 87, and with Angelides, Villaraigosa and the Democratic ticket at a rally on the Doheny Library steps at 3 pm.
Antonio wows 'em in OC — not
AARP blogger bored by Villaraigosa's remarks.
More Wendy McCaw harassment
Her Santa Barbara News-Press has now filed a complaint in U.S. District Court against The Santa Barbara Independent, alleging the weekly misappropriated trade secrets by running a story that was written for the News-Press but killed by editors.
Saul Levine interviewed
The radio entrepreneur who switched 540 AM to country music talks to John Rabe on Saturday's Off-Ramp, KPCC at noon.
Tribune gets buy offers today
Expect low-ball bids.
Marla Cone of the Times won first place in beat reporting from the Society of Environmental Journalists.
Arthur Hill, noted actor
He starred in the Broadway production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," the TV series "Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law" and the first production ever staged at the Ahmanson Theatre. He was 84 and died Sunday of Alzheimer's disease at an assisted-living facility in Pacific Palisades.
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